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Blake Lively Praises 'Sister' America Ferrera's Critics Choice Awards Speech: 'Give This Woman Every Stage'

Blake Lively gave friend and 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' costar props for her powerful speech

<p>Cindy Ord/Getty; Kevin Winter/Getty</p> Blake Lively in New York City on April 27,2023; America Ferrera at the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 14, 2024

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Blake Lively in New York City on April 27,2023; America Ferrera at the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 14, 2024

The sisterhood is strong between Blake Lively and America Ferrera.

On Monday, Lively shared praise for her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costar and longtime friend Ferrera, 39, as the latter accepted the SeeHer Award at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards on Sunday night.

"Give this woman every stage, every statue and every microphone forever please," Lively, 36, wrote on her Instagram Story as she shared a video of the Barbie actress's big moment.

"My god we are blessed to orbit in the same times as you my sister, @americaferrera," Lively added.

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<p>Blake Lively/ Instagram</p> Blake Lively praises America Ferrera's Critics Choice Awards speech

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Blake Lively praises America Ferrera's Critics Choice Awards speech

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Ferrera's Barbie costar Margot Robbie presented her with the SeeHer Award on Sunday at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

After Ferrera took the stage, she launched into a speech about what the honor meant to her, and shared that it "couldn't be more meaningful to me" due to her roots.

"I yearned to see people like myself on screen as full humans. When I started working over 20 years ago, that seemed impossible. It seemed impossible that anyone could make a career of portraying fully dimensional Latina characters," the actress said.

Ferrera added, "But because of writers, producers and directors ... I and some of my fellow Latina colleagues have been supremely blessed to have brought to life some fierce and fantastic women."

Her speech appeared to have touched many women in the audience including Brie Larson, who appeared to tear up, and Taraji P. Henson, who was seen nodding along to what Ferrera was saying.

The Ugly Betty alum also dedicated part of her speech to Barbie director Greta Gerwig.

"Thank you for proving through your incredible mastery as a filmmaker that women's stories have no difficulty achieving cinematic greatness and box office history at the same time," Ferrera told Gerwig, 40. "And that unabashedly telling female stories does not diminish your powers, it expands them."

In the caption of her own Instagram post featuring her speech Monday, Ferrera wrote, "Thank you to @criticschoice for honoring me with the #SeeHer Award. I’m so glad for the opportunity to speak from my heart about what it means to me."

<p>Kevin Winter/Getty</p> America Ferrera accepts the SeeHer Award at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards

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America Ferrera accepts the SeeHer Award at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards

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Lively and Ferrera's Sisterhood costar Amber Tamblyn wrote in a comment, "You’re extraordinary and that’s all there is to it. I love you."

The SeeHer Award was established in 2017 as a collaboration between the Critics Choice Association and an international marketing and media organization collective. The award honors the silver screen’s leading ladies who advocate for gender equality and portray authentic, boundary-pushing characters.

Previous recipients of the SeeHer Award include Viola Davis in 2017, Zendaya in 2021, Halle Berry in 2022 and Janelle Monáe in 2023.

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